Armed violence and development

Gun violence exacerbates poverty. At the same time, poverty provides the ideal breeding ground for gun violence. Sustainable development is undermined as long as this cycle remains unbroken.

Lost productivity due to homicides alone is conservatively estimated at between USD $95 and 163 billion each year. An estimated 60% of these homicides were carried out with firearms. Violence due to armed conflict can also decrease the annual growth of a typical economy by 2%.

The UN General Assembly has acknowledged this link between gun violence and development, as did the 2005 World Summit. Many countries support the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence & Development, which seeks to achieve measurable reductions in the global burden of armed violence by 2015.


Últimas noticias

300,000 weapons are held by civilians in the east of D.R. Congo, according to a new report by Groupe de recherche et d’information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP, Brussels) and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC).

Activists and experts working on Armed Violence and Development (AV&D) gathered in two regional conferences in Nairobi on 2-3 November, and Rio de Janeiro on 8-9 November.

Three finalists have been selected for ‘Shooting Poverty’ a short film competition focusing on the stories of people affected by armed violence.

A report bringing together two years of research and analysis on armed violence in Timor-Leste has been released by the Timor-Leste Armed Violence Assessment project.

Two of the finalist films in the 'Shooting Poverty' competition were screened at a lunchtime event hosted by Oxfam and the Office of Disarmament Affairs.

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A pesar de la firma de los Acuerdos de Paz en 2006 , la violencia política, económica y social sigue en Nepal, según el Small Arms Survey.